While Lee herself says she prefers “dusty old books,” the time has come for the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel to join the ranks of electronic literature. It was one of the last remaining holdouts to be only available in a print version, reports the New York Times, and will be published on July 8 as an e-book under HarperCollins Publishers
“I’m still old-fashioned. I love dusty old books and libraries. I am amazed and humbled that Mockingbird has survived this long,” Lee said in a rare public statement. “This is Mockingbird for a new generation.”
The book has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide since it first hit shelves in 1960, and has remained a big seller every year due to its cozy spot as required reading in classrooms across the country. It’s just too bad there’s no way to infuse e-readers with that dusty old book smell, huh?
The e-book release will coincide with the 54th anniversary of the original’s publication. Happy 88th birthday, Ms. Lee! The parents of tech-addicted children everywhere are thanking you. Now it’s your turn, Catcher in the Rye.
‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Finally Becoming an E-Book [New York Times]
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